There are lots of ways to save energy in the household. Here are 6 practical energy saving tips.
All too often the typical family home can be lit up like Blackpool Illuminations, as family members use different rooms of the house.
But this can take its toll on the electricity, so encourage your family to turn off the lights when they leave the room.
In the winter everyone wants to feel warm and cosy in their home and it can be tempting to crank up the thermostat on cold days.
Even turning the temperature down a couple of degrees can reduce your heating bill, while still keeping you warm and comfortable.
It can be easier when you turn off the television to just flick it on to stand-by, after all who wants to be bothered plugging and unplugging the TV every time you want to watch Corrie.
That stand-by facility may be handy, but it is also expensive: you are paying for the electricity even when nobody is watching.
So even if it’s a pain in the backside, unplug that telly.
Every time the battery needs charging on your phone or laptop it is impossible to hover over them waiting for them to finish charging, so you get distracted and leave them charging for hours with a full battery.
Not only can it reduce battery life but it is money out of your pocket and added to your electricity bill, so remember to unplug those chargers.
Next time you do your laundry use the 30C programme on your washing machine and let your clothes dry naturally on a rack or washing-line, instead of using a tumble dryer or radiators.
This can save hundreds on your energy bills every year.
Getting cavity wall or loft insulation and double-glazing can conserve heat in your home reducing your energy bills. This can be expensive, but if you are on a low income, you may be eligible for help with the cost.
Use the Gov.UK energy grants calculator to find out whether you can get assistance with energy saving improvements and remember to use a reliable and trustworthy installer.